Apple introduced a number of main updates throughout its WWDC 2021 keynote handle, starting from iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 to MacOS Monterey. The latter is especially noteworthy because it represents the primary main MacOS replace since Apple adopted Arm-based silicon.
Now, it seems that a number of important MacOS Monterey options aren’t accessible on Intel-based Macs. MacRumors seen fine-print on Apple’s web site, clarifying that simply over half a dozen new options have been unique to M1 Macs. Try the listing of Apple Silicon-exclusive options under.
- Portrait mode in Facetime
- Reside textual content to repeat/paste/translate textual content in pictures
- 3D landmarks in Maps
- An interactive globe in Maps
- Textual content-to-speech in additional languages (together with Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish)
- On-device dictation (i.e. with out an web connection)
- Steady dictation fairly than dictation as much as 60 seconds lengthy
It’s a reasonably sizeable variety of options that aren’t accessible to Intel-based Macs, which Apple remains to be promoting proper now. However, there are suggestions that these omissions are because of Apple leveraging machine studying silicon inside the M1 processor (Intel’s processors don’t have devoted ML silicon) fairly than harnessing the cloud.
This feels like a believable rationalization for a few of these omissions, as options like reside textual content and on-device dictation specifically depend on highly effective native machine studying capabilities in the event you aren’t going to make use of cloud processing. We have now seen Google supply options like dictation and the flexibility to repeat/paste/translate textual content from pictures earlier than, however this certainly requires an web connection.
Different options like 3D landmarks and an interactive globe look like extremely arbitrary omissions for Intel-based Macs although. Even Facetime’s portrait mode is an odd function to exclude from Intel Macs after we’ve seen a number of high-profile video calling providers supply related performance. It actually looks like Apple needs to push individuals to undertake Arm-powered Macs by hobbling the Intel variants.
However, we hope to see Microsoft harness the machine studying silicon inside Snapdragon pc chips to deliver nifty on-device options to Home windows on Arm. Simply so long as the corporate doesn’t make arbitrary options unique to Arm-powered laptops.